Consumers increasingly using mobile devices as default gateway to Internet

Number of mobile users accessing the Internet will increase to 265 million by 2016

Mobile users are increasingly using their devices as their default gateway to the Internet, according to the latest data from IDC.

In the United States, the number of people accessing the Internet through PCs will shrink from 240 million consumers in 2012 to 225 million in 2016. At the same time, the number of mobile users accessing the Internet will increase from 174 million to 265 million.

"Mobile Internet usage is already beginning to displace PC usage, and the United States is leading this trend. There has been much talk about how the future of the Internet will be mobile first and PC second. In the United States, that future is now," said Karsten Weide, program vice president for media and entertainment at IDC.

Additional findings from IDC's New Media Market Model include the following: online PC activities will also be impacted as consumers take their usage mobile. IDC expects that the share of users accessing social networks such as Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) on their PCs will decline from 66 percent in 2012 to 52 percent in 2016.

"The great PC exodus on the Internet is happening because the PC was never truly a consumer product. Many consumers use them because there was no better alternative. Now, with the huge and growing installed base of more user-friendly tablets and smartphones, there are," said Weide.

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